Trump Tries To Defend His Record Deficit Spending, Gives The Most Pathetic Excuse Possible

This is completely inappropriate.


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Like many things that have happened during his flawed presidency and as a direct result of it, Donald Trump is now refusing to take the blame and making pathetic excuses for America’s increasing deficit problems.

Trump may be bragging about the economy, but CNBC has reported numbers from the Treasury Department, which show that the 2018 deficit has reached a record-breaking six-year high of $779 billion — even though the GOP’s tax cut bill was supposed to offset an increased deficit if it were to happen. Looks like this is yet another failure of Trump and the Republican Party — and instead of taking responsibility, Trump is actually trying to blame it on recent natural disasters.

After slamming former President Barack Obama time and time again about the rising deficit, Trump had a much different response to his own deficit results. In an interview with the Associated Press, Trump argued that he had “no choice” but to spend more money because of the repairs from all the forest fires and hurricanes the country has suffered. Trump said:

Excuse me. No. 1, I had to take care of our military. I had no choice but to do it, and I want to take care of our military. We had to do things that we had to do. And I’ve done them. Now we’re going to start bringing numbers down. We also have tremendous numbers with regard to hurricanes and fires and the tremendous forest fires all over. We had very big numbers, unexpectedly big numbers. California does a horrible job maintaining their forests. They’re going to have to start doing a better job or we’re not going to be paying them. They are doing a horrible job of maintaining what they have. And we had big numbers on tremendous numbers with the forest fires and obviously the hurricanes. We got hit in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, Georgia. Georgia was hit very hard this time. Nobody even, you know, treats that one fairly. The farmers got hit very, very hard.”

We all know that Trump barely scratches the surface when it comes to his slow response to fixing things after natural disasters and events — and yet he thinks nothing of using it as an excuse. And of course, while he continues to point fingers at natural disasters, he and his Republican minions continue to deny climate change and think about real solutions.

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